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The Kite Rider
by Geraldine McCaughrean (more about Geraldine McCaughrean) 1424/11 first published 2001
Historical Fiction for ages 10 to 16 published by Oxford University Press
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, 
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
A tale of a boy who flies among the clouds, with the spirits of the dead.
What happens?
When his father is killed, strapped to a kite as part of an important ceremony, Haoyou manages to stop his mother marrying the man responsible, but in so doing puts his own life in danger. He leaves with the Jade Circus and becomes the boy who flies in the sky strapped to a kite. This is just the start of an epic journey that takes him to the encampments and battles of Kublai Khan, leader of the Mongols !
Is it easy to read?
A good read for independent readers, suitable for both boys and girls.
Anything else?
A fascinating story about life in thirteenth century China. This book should not be ignored because it's about the past. It is brilliantly written and full of description. There's murder, love, avarice, betrayal, lust and self sacrifice. This is a gem of a novel - read it now!
Other books by Geraldine McCaughrean include Forever X, Pilgrim's Progress, The Stones are Hatching, Too Big!.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Set in 13th-century China, this is the gripping, adventurous, compulsive story of Haoyou, a boy who makes his way in the world by flying into the air, strapped to a huge kite. The story is full of both incredible adventure and personal drama, and has been received with universal acclaim.
And what do you think?
katy, Carlisle
i woul like to say that this book is VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY boring and it should not be allowed to be sold in shops!!
Yasmin, William Howard
very very very very very very boring!
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